Jr. Wildcats tie Highland, claim conference title
Trumann's Junior Wildcats had already won the conference championship but there was still one goal to attain....a perfect season. Trumann came in at 8-0 on the season only to see their hopes dashed as a late penalty nullified the game winning score as the Junior Wildcats and Junior Rebels battled to a 14-14 tie.
Highland got the ball first and drove down field and faced fourth and four from the Trumann 10-yard line. The Junior Rebels were stopped on their fourth down play with Trumann taking over the ball. Trumann drove out to their 41-yard line as the first quarter came to a close with the score 0-0.
Trumann coninuted their drive that ended in a 29-yard touchdown run from Zach Buchanan with 5:42 left in the half. Cade Gartman ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 Junior Wildcats. Trumann's defense came up big again stopping Highland on fourth and two from the Junior Wildcats 43-yard line with 3:27 left. Highland got the ball back as they stripped the ball from Preston Heavener with 1:33 left. The Junior Rebles capitalized on the turnover as they scored on an 85-yard reverse as time expired in the half. The two-point try was good to make the score 8-8 at halftime.
The third quarter was a scoreless affair as Trumann missed a scoring chance coughing up the football at the Highland 16-yard line with 2:22 left in the quarter.
Highland converted a fourth and one with 7:20 left moving the ball to the Trumann 41-yard line. The Junior Wildcats defense wouldn't be so nice on the next fourth down attempt as Jarred Carter sacked the Highland quarterback giving Trumann the ball on their own 40-yard with 5:12 left. Gartman broke off a 45-yard run down to the Junior Rebels 15-yard line with 4:40 left. Koltan Jones scored on a seven-yard keeper to put Trumann up 14-8 with 3:06 left in the game. The two-point try was no good. Highland drove down and scored to tie the game with 54 seconds left. The Junior Wildcat stopped the two-point try. Trumann recovered the squib kick and proceeded to drive for the winning socre. zgartman scored what appeared to be the game winning score as time expired but a block in the back penalty negated the score and gave Truamn one untimed down. Trumann was unable to score and the game ended in a 14-14 tie.
"It's not the way we wanted it to end," Trumann head junior high coach Cody Wallis said after the game. "We are conference championos but we wanted perfection and came up a little short," Wallis added.
Gartman led Trumann in rushing with 175 yards as Buchanan finished with 56 yards rushing and a score as Jones chipped in 36 yards on the ground a score. Jones and Gartman each had five tackles on defense.